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Old 05-07-2010   #21
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Originally Posted by Claytonious View Post
I have found that leaving gear out in the sun actually makes it smell less, not more. UV light kills whatever is causing the funk, just like those neat little pens that you can put in a Nalgene bottle to make it safe to drink. Leaving wet gear in a sealed drybag makes it stink like crazy however. And yes, the sun will degrade anything made from a polymer, like your kayak, and all synthetic clothes. I generally leave my gear to dry in the sun for an hour or two, which seems to get the funk out but not destroy stuff.
This and what Ture said are the only good pieces of advice on this entire thread and they're dead-on. Except I can't believe that Ture washes his shit every week - I'll wash mine every season whether it needs it or not! You need no other info.

Also - what the hell is mildly embarassing - as Ture said if your shit don't stink then you're just not paddling enough.

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Old 05-07-2010   #22
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Truly nothing more sexy than nasty gear smell[/QUOTE]

If this is true you ought to have a whiff of my hockey gear!

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Old 05-08-2010   #23
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Originally Posted by Preston H. View Post
I knew a Pennsylvania boater named Keith who squirted antibacterial soap into his drytop, shorty, or whatever else he was wearing every time he went boating. At the end of the day, there were soapy bubbles all over him and his gear. He'd remove the gear and soak it, and himself, in the river. He swore by this method, but I questioned his motivation. Turns out it was his wife's idea - she couldn't tolerate the musk of a real boater.
that's pretty high impact

perhaps he should just take up tennis

or have his sack removed and spend all this free time on the honey-do list
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Old 05-10-2010   #24
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I'm going to get all kinds of comments for saying this, but use cotton rather than nylon or poly. Cotton isn't any good for cold weather, I know, but cotton is the only thing you can wear on the river that will come clean and not stink up your garage.

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